This card earns a 9/10 plus a Recommended award from TC for its good performance and quiet operation. The main downside is that the price is a little too close to the Radeon HD 6950.
“AMD released the original 6870 back in October and almost every video card manufacturer had reference models. It has been a while since the launch and now we are seeing manufactures come out with their own versions of the 6870, one such company is ASUS. They have sent us their HD 6870 DirectCU which features ASUS’s in house PCB design, a slight overclock up to 915 MHz and the DirectCU (direct copper) GPU cooling solution, which ASUS says will cool the GPU up to 20% better than the stock cooler. Let’s take a look at this card and see if it is perfect for your gaming needs."